Cub scout

Spencer is very excited for his first cub scout meeting tonight. He even wore his uniform to school. Monday he wanted to wear just his neckerchief, since I was still working on sewing on his patches. His neckerchief slide fell off on the way to school (on a day he decided to walk by himself). After school we retraced his steps and found it!

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First day of school

Today Spencer started first grade and Meg started junior kindergarten. Megan is excited to see her friend Bailey on her first day of school.

Family reunion day 5

On the last day of the reunion, several of us went on a 2-3 mile hike right from the cabin. That was nice because we didn’t have to worry about parking or shuttles in the park. After lunch, we headed back to the gokart place for some repeat gokart rides, batting cages, and bumper boats. Then we headed over to the mini-golf place to use up my free token. We got back to the cabin around 4 to make fajitas for dinner. Spencer passed out for several hours; we tried to rouse him to eat dinner, but we were unsuccessful.

With the exception of it being difficult to get the kids to go to sleep, it was a very fun reunion. Here’s hoping we can do it again in 5 years.

Family reunion day 4

On the fourth day of the reunion, Spencer and I joined Dave, Ellen, Jackie, Grant, Jean Ann, James and Cecilia to tour an historic ranch in Estes Park. Spencer had a great time finding all the things in the little treasure hunt they had for kids. It was also neat to see lots of old farm machinery. The main thing I kept thinking was that it would be hard to concentrate on ranching, with such beautiful views as a distraction.

After lunch I took Meg into town. We got some tomatoes and kettle corn from the farmer’s market, then Meg got a manicure and pedicure.

We finished up the day with a trip to the cheap mini-golf place. I got a hole in one on the 19th hole, so we got a free game voucher!

Family reunion day 3

For the third day of the family reunion, we woke up early and started our trek toward the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park, which is at almost 12,000 feet. We decided to go up the one-way dirt road on Old Fall River road, which was really beautiful. Getting a change to stop at Chasm falls was worth it. We took a guided nature walk with a park ranger, who told us all about the delicate ecosystem of the tundra, including fun facts like how it can take some plants up to 5 years to produce blossoms, and that some plants are furry, to help protect them from the harsh wind. It was pretty cold up there, and the kids were ready to go after about an hour, which was okay.

After the nature walk, we headed west a bit, and found a nice place to have a little picnic, by Lake Irene. We took a short walk, then started heading back down to Estes Park. We missed out on actually seeing Beaver Lake on Monday due to whiny children, so we decided to stop their on the way back. The kids actually fell asleep just before we got there, so Clare and I took turns admiring the view.

After we got back to the cabin, we took some family photos, and enjoyed some fun activities like football, horseshoes, and making s’mores.

Family reunion – group pictures

It’s not a family reunion without some group photos!

Jean Ann got us all hats and scarves, and Ellen got us some nice snap shirts, to go for a cowboy look.

Family reunion day 2

For the second day of the family reunion, we skipped hiking, and instead slept in, and then went to a go kart place. Spencer loved the gokarts and the batting cages. Meg really enjoyed the bumper boats. We also had fun working on some brain teasers that Dave set up, and we enjoyed the hot tubs at the cabins too.

Family reunion day 1

Last week we had a family reunion in Estes Park, a repeat of the one five years ago. This year we were missing 6 people from last time (Tommy & Gretchen, and the Boyds), but we added 3 1/2 – Meg, James and Cecilia Baek (Grace’s parents), and the yet to be named child of Grace and Drew!

Day 1 highlights included hiking to Nymph lake, seeing a deer right behind our cabin, and Meg getting her makeup done by Aunt Grace. The day concluded with an awesome observatory visit for star-gazing, which Ellen arranged for us.